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Antique Dresser with layers of color and texture

I scored this antique dresser from an estate sale for an elderly German lady. She used it to store linens.
I think it saw allot more use before that duty though ;)

The top drawer for sure had wore a deep groove in the runner rail, I refilled with wood filler and sanded smooth once dry After repairs my first task is a deep clean especially on these old pieces. It was hand scrubbed with warm water, soap and some TSP and hosed till water runs clear then left overnight to dry.

Seeing it had lots of wear I choose a finish that would be in keeping with the age yet work with the years of service. Fusion Mineral Paint in coal black was mixed with their fresco for a textured paint and it was applied by brush in a random pattern all over the drawers and body.

Next layer once dry was Fusion Mineral Paint's little lamb and fresco

and again randomly applied by brush

I wish I knew the code for this dresser stamped on the back
Fusion Mineral Paint lamp white then went all over and left to dry

Country Chic Blog Squad challenge #3 vanilla frosting hutch

For my 3rd Country Chic blog squad challenge I choose a Canadian made oak hutch and the vanilla frosting all in one product. As a Country Chic paint rep, they provide me with products to showcase and share my opinions using them.

The hutch was in beautiful shape, it just needed a refreshing new color to give it some impact. Seeing it is a classic design, the creamy vanilla frosting will enhance it and a pop of color in the hutch backing will add a bit of fun.

time to get started, all hardware removed, it seems the drawer fronts are only held on with the hardware, interesting

then the super scrub down, rinse and dry
Once good and dry the fun part begins; the vanilla frosting all in one was shook and stirred well and with a good poly brush the painting process began. All in one has a learning curve for sure, I find it dries very fast and will leave edge lines where the brush stops. You can add more wet paint and brush harder but it requires fast moving hands even then. I added 2 coats sanding lightly between them as well as distressing the edges. I find that this makes distressing after the last coat easier if done after first coat as well.

 where the edges dry they will mark especially after first coat
I like to minimally distress the edges to allow for natural wear and do after each coat (first shown above)
Having only tried the all in one formula on the small crème brulee cabinet, I worried about durability without a sealing coat. After chatting up a few other paint reps, I chose to add some Country Chic natural wax to the tops and fronts for added durability. I lightly sanded the sides to get a smoother surface as well. A quick buff and the cleaned original hardware was put back on.

For the backing I wanted a fun color but not too bright, tropical cocktail is fun but pretty bright (perfect for the wagon shelf) so I custom colored it mixing it with white and applied 2 coats
shown with first coat on
Once all was good and dry, I waxed all the blue. And there you have it, once brought inside, stacked together and the glass shelves added the hutch was ready to be put to use.


close up of distressing

The all in one definitely does not go as far as regular chalk paint, it took the full pint to do just the outside of the hutch. Seeing I did seal with wax anyway, I think I will stick to the regular chalk paint formula in the future but was a good challenge to try. This beauty is looking for a forever home, stop by Creative Moments FaceBook page for more details.